Graduate Counselor Education
2020 Spring Term
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APPRAISAL PROCEDURES IN COUNSELING
This course provides an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society. It will examine basic concepts of standardized and non-standardized testing and other assessment methods for appraising individual differences and family dynamics. Students will examine statistical concepts relevant to assessment (scales of measurement, measures of central tendency, variability, and reliability and validity). Discussions and laboratory experiences will center on the use and interpretation of standardized and non standardized measures of appraisal with individuals, groups and families and the social, cultural and ethical factors relevant to the assessment process.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND INFORMATION SERVICES
The course focuses on major theories of career development and decision making models. It addresses sources of career, educational, leisure, occupational and labor market information, career information systems, assessments, techniques pertinent for career planning, placement, and follow-up. Interrelationships between work, family and other life roles as well as multicultural issues in career development are examined. Students will have the opportunity to be involved with career development program planning, implementation, evaluation and theory application.
GROUPS: THEORY AND PRACTICE
This course provides theoretical and experiential understandings of group work, including principles of group dynamics, theories of group counseling and group leadership and facilitation styles. Group counseling methods are experienced directly in the learning process. Multiple group approaches, necessary to work effectively in a multicultural society, are explored.
INTRODUCTION TO MARRIAGE, COUPLES, AND FAMILY COUNSELING
This course provides an introduction to the theories and practices of systems therapy. The content covers three essential areas of study: (a) theoretical concepts and models of systems theory and marriage, couples, and family therapy, along with related research and professional issues; (b) practical information, techniques, and procedures; and (c) issues concerning today's couples and families.
COUNSELING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
Course provides understanding of nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts. Theories of individual and family development, as well as theories of learning and personality development and models of resilience, are included. Connections are made between developmental issues and counseling interventions that facilitate development and wellness over the lifespan. Attention is given to therapeutic interventions with normal and abnormal behaviors across the lifespan.
SCHOOLS AND THE ROLE OF THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR
This course focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive counseling programs that lead to positive learning environments and student success. A systemic lens will be used to view the varying influences impacting student life and learning in PK-12 schools, including topics such as school climate, special education, learning theory, and classroom / behavior management.
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL FOUNDATIONS IN COUNSELING
This course is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge and competency base for effective counseling with diverse populations. It will examine multicultural and pluralistic trends, including characteristics and concerns among diverse groups nationally and internationally. Theories of multicultural counseling, identity development, worldviews, acculturation issues, conflict resolution, social justice, advocacy and multicultural competencies will be discussed. Individual, couple, family, group and community strategies for working with and advocating for diverse populations will be examined. Counselors¿ roles in eliminating biases, prejudices, oppression and discrimination will be highlighted. Students will be involved in experiential learning activities aimed at fostering an understanding of themselves and culturally diverse individuals.
CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY: EVIDENCE-BASED AND INTEGRATED TREATMENT
This course is for the student who wishes to develop and refine skills in the area of addictions counseling. The course will examine the roles, functions, and settings of addiction counselors. Students will develop knowledge and skills related to evidence-based approaches to address addictions and integrated mental health, trauma and addictions treatment.
TREATMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS
Students will utilize the intake interview, mental status exam, and gathering of biopsychosocial and mental health histories to aide in the diagnostic process and development of treatment plans. Students will explore specific evidence-based interventions/techniques used with clients to address mental health concerns. Students will understand the basics pertaining to psychotropic drugs used in the treatment of mental health disorders.
Practicum students provide individual, couple, family and group counseling services to students and other community members in the counseling lab. Students must complete supervised practicum experiences that total a minimum of 100 clock hours, including 40 hours of direct counseling service. Practicum students receive individual and/or triadic supervision and group supervision each week. This is a time to develop and refine counseling skills while providing a service to the community.
The Counseling Internship is an opportunity for students to apply concepts and skills in field counseling settings. Students are placed in internship settings that are compatible with the individual student's experiences, competencies, and career goals. Students work with clients under the supervision of a qualified staff member in the setting and the university counselor education staff.
POST-MASTERS COUNSELING INTERNSHIP
Interns will complete supervised experience in their emphasis area (community agency, higher education setting, or school). The intern will engage in individual, group counseling, and family counseling, and consultation, as well as a variety of other activities that a regularly employed counselor in the setting would be expected to perform. Can repeat once.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.
Students must complete a Thesis Proposal Form in the Graduate Studies Office before registering for this course.